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Gerard Sarnat

SarnatGerard Sarnat is a physician who’s built and staffed homeless clinics as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. He won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is published in academic-related journals including Stanford, Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Virginia Commonwealth, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan and the University of Edinburgh. Gerry’s writing has also appeared widely including recently in such U.S. outlets as Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, MiPOesias, Margie, Blue Mountain Review, Danse Macabre, Canary Eco, Military Experience and the Arts, Cliterature, Brooklyn Review, San Francisco Magazine, The Los Angeles Review and The New York Times. Pieces have also been accepted by Chinese, Bangladeshi, Hong Kongese, Singaporian, Canadian, English, Irish, Scotch, Australian, New Zealander, French, German, Indian, Israeli, Swedish and Fijian among other international publications. KADDISH FOR THE COUNTRY was selected for pamphlet distribution nationwide on Inauguration Day 2016. “Amber Of Memory” was chosen for the 50th Harvard reunion Dylan symposium. He’s also authored the collections Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), and Melting the Ice King (2016). Gerry’s been married since 1969, with three kids plus five grandkids. gerardsarnat.com

IN SOME FAMILY WAYS

Epic Epilogue

Lowdown is: second baby
descending from high up
way way too early and quickly

in one daughter’s uterus,
our world’s gone bonkers
as its epicenter becomes a physician

whose crazy quilt job suddenly oy expands
to not only deliver
this unprepared mother’s anesthesia

through parchmentoid epidermis
just like had been done
for her first newborn (premature too)

but also to treat my disconcerted wife
— that disabled woman
scrunched on the rural twenty bed hospital

suite’s couch – who had scheduled
a third desperate steroid injection
now for unremitting back pain.

Not totally joking, family wag
plus somehow blooming epicurean son
suggests, “Dad, since your doomed career

included negotiating bad healthcare contracts,
why don’t you get us a big fat bargain basement
discount on today’s twin epidurals?
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